Jewish Museum & Cultural Center

Lecture Series

The Rabbi Arthur Steinberg Memorial Lecture Series
All Lectures start at 2:00 PM                

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Food, Ritual, and Memory

Farideh Goldin was born in Shiraz, Iran to a family of dayanim—judges and leaders of the Jewish community. Farideh’s family moved out of the mahaleh, Jewish quarter, to a muslim neighborhood when she was eight years old.  Later attending an American-style university in Iran, she was torn between her loyalty to her family, who obeyed strict social, cultural, and religious mores, and her western education that promoted individualism and self-reliance.

Many of Farideh’s lectures give her audiences a better understanding of Iranian culture.

  Farideh Goldin



Sunday, February 4, 2018

"Making Sense of Nonsense: Understanding                           American Jewish Humor"

Jack Kugelmass is a Professor of Anthropology and the Sam Melton Professor and Director of  the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida. He received a B.A. from McGill University, an M.A. and Ph.D. from New School for Social Research. He previously taught at the Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Arizona State University.

He is currently working on a book on twentieth-century Yiddish travelogues.


   Jack Kugelmass


Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Jewish Food Cheat Sheet and Other Ethnic Food Humor

 Kitty Wolf is a Reform Jewish Educator(RJE) who works as an educator at Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk. She develops teacher and parent education programs for PJ Library. She worked for the Union of Reform Judaism as the Regional Educator for the Mid Atlantic Region. She also served as principal of the Portsmouth United Religious School. She holds Masters degrees in Early Childhood Education and Art Education and a Bachelors degree in Religious History.

She was married to the late Rabbi Arthur Steinberg (of Blessed Memory) and has 5 children , 7 grandchildren and 2 dogs.


Kitty Wolf

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